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May 25, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Competes in the 26th Annual Lucas Oil Show Me 100
1Best Performance Motorsports opened the 2018 edition of the Lucas Oil Show Me 100 on Thursday night at Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) with the 5th annual Cowboy Classic.

With 65 entries in action, Richards battled mechanical issues in qualifying, which resulted in him starting deep in a heat race. Josh would improve a few spots in heat race and B-Main action before seeing his night come to an early end with a seventh-place finish in his B-Main.

The team looked for better luck on Friday night as the second night of the Lucas Oil Show Me 100 was contested. Josh Richards raced into the main event with a runner-up finish in his B-Main. He would go on to advance seven positions to finish 16th.

Josh remains second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

May 20, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Travels to Wisconsin and Minnesota
1After a one-week break Best Performance Motorsports resumed their 2018 season over the weekend as they traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

Action kicked off on Thursday night as the tour thundered into Maribel, Wisconsin's 141 Speedway for the first time ever. After qualifying eighth fastest in time trials, Josh Richards advanced from the third starting position in his heat race to a runner-up finish.

His heat-race performance locked him into the fifth-starting spot for the 50-lap feature. During the first half of the race Josh clawed his way forward in the field, and by the midway point he was up to the third position and battling for the lead. Unfortunately, the top side of the track faded late in the event, causing Richards to slip back to a seventh-place finish.

On Saturday evening the team invaded the Queensland family's Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). Thirty entries took part in the NAPA North Star Nationals at the 3/8-mile oval. Josh would battle the handle in the main event and was able to manage only a 15th-place finish in the final rundown.

Sunday night's event at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) fell victim to rain, and the event was rescheduled to July 19.

Josh remains second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

May 5, 2018 - Mechanical Failure Sidelines Josh Richards at Tazewell
1At the very least Josh Richards looked to be on his way to a Top-5 finish with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Friday night at Tazewell Speedway. Unfortunately a mechanical issue on lap-18 brought his night to an abrupt end.

Josh started his night by qualifying fourth fastest in his group. He would follow up his qualifying performance with a heat-race win, which positioned him on the pole for the 50-lap finale.

During the early laps he ran in the third position, but on lap 18 the J-bar came lose, which broke the driveshaft. The mechanical issue ended his night in the 21st position.

Saturday night's event at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) was postponed by persistent rain.

Josh remains second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 28, 2018 - Josh Richards Competes in Illinois with LOLMDS
1Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition took Josh Richards and Best Performance Motorsports to Illinois over the weekend for a doubleheader.

The Gundaker family-owned, Tri City Speedway hosted the Busch 50 on Friday evening as a $12,000 top prize was posted. After finishing fourth in his heat race Richards locked into the 13th-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. Josh raced around mid-pack throughout the event before crossing the finish line in 13th.

Saturday night found the team tackling the ultra-tight confines of the "Mighty" Macon Speedway (Macon, Illinois). With 25 entries on hand Josh started the night with the fastest time around the 1/5-mile oval in qualifications with a 10.426-second lap.

In his heat race Richards battled with Babb before finishing second to earn the fourth-starting spot for the 100-lap feature. Josh ran in the Top-5 throughout the feature before crossing the line in fifth behind Bobby Pierce, Ryan Unzicker, Shannon Babb and Jonathan Davenport.

Josh is second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 23, 2018 - Josh Richards Bounces Back for Runner-Up Finish at Port Royal
It was an up-and-down weekend of competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) for Josh Richards and the Best Performance Motorsports team.

After seeing Friday's slate at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) canceled by poor weather, the weekend opened on Saturday night at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) with the $12,000-to-win, 37th annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic.

Struggles in preliminary action forced Richards to utilize a provisional to start the main event in the 23rd position. He would fight tooth-and-nail in the feature to surge to a 12th-place finish at the checkered flag.

On Sunday evening the team trekked to the sprawling confines of Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pennsylvania) for the $10,000-to-win, Rumble by the River. Forty-three drivers took to the 1/2-mile oval, and a heat race win sent Josh to the 50-lap finale with the third-starting spot.

Richards raced in a podium position throughout the event and made a bid for the lead on a green-white-checkered finish before coming up just short of the win as he finished second behind Scott Bloomquist. Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

"We had a great car tonight; those restarts weren't very good for us, but we recovered and gave the Best Performance Team a good finish tonight," Richards said following his runner-up performance at Port Royal Speedway. "Last night at Hagerstown we had a rough night. We worked on some things today. If it could have gone caution free it might have been a different story. This place is so fun to drive on. Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight. I wish we could race here tomorrow."

With the weekend's action in the books, Josh continues to sit second in the latest series standings. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 13, 2018 - Josh Richards Races to Top-10 Finish at Atomic; Brownstown Falls to Rain
1After losing the previous weekend's event to Mother Nature, Josh Richards was back in competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Friday night at Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio). (Heath Lawson photo)

With 30 entries on hand, Josh earned the fifth-starting spot for his heat race via qualifying. A fourth-place finish in his heat race moved Richards onto the main event in the 14th-starting spot in his Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

During the course of the 50-lap affair at the 3/8-mile oval Richard climbed seven spots to register a seventh-place finish.

Saturday night's event at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) fell victim to rain.

Josh continues to reside second in the latest LOLMDS standings, just 15 points out of the lead. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 24, 2018 - Josh Richards Battles Weekend Adversity with LOLMDS
1Josh Richards returned to action with the Lucas OIl Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the weekend with a pair of events in Georgia and Alabama.

Action kicked off on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) for the pilot of the Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model. Forty-five entries registered for action in the $12,000-to-win event. Struggles in qualifying resulted in Richards starting seventh on the grid for this heat race. He advanced to a fifth place finish, which left him one spot short of locking into the feature.

As a result Josh ran the B-main, which he won, to earn the 18th-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. He would go on to advance to position to a 17th-place finish.

On Saturday evening the team invaded East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) as another $12,000 top prize was on the line. With 36 entries in action, the night started on a strong note for Richards as he set fast time overall with a 14.373-second lap around the 4/10-mile oval. Heat race action found Josh finished second, which locked him into the fifth-starting spot for the 50-lap finale.

In the main event, Josh raced in the Top-10 throughout the event before crossing the finish line in the ninth position.

Josh is now second in the latest LOLMDS standings, just five points out of the lead. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 15, 2018 - LOLMDS Weekend Postponed by Weather
1This weekend's Lucas OIl Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events at Atomic Speedway and Brownstown Speedway have been postponed due to forecasted cold weather. The weekend will now be held April 13-14.

Best Performance Motorsports returns to action with a swing through the South with LOLMDS on March 22-24. Action kicks off at Volunteer Speedway on Thursday before moving to Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) on Friday. The tripleheader draws to a close on Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama).

For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 8, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Launches New Website
1St. Mary, Ohio's Best Performance Motorsports is the latest addition to the MSR Mafia and a brand-new website has been launched for the team at www.BestPerformanceMotorsports.com.

Josh Richards pilots the team's Bulk Material Lift #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Not only did the West Virginia driver claim the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) Championship, but he is also the only four-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion.

The team is off to a fast start in 2018. Richards has already grabbed a pair of wins to go along with several top ten runs.

Best Performance Motorsports returns to action on March 16-17 with a pair of $12,000-to-win LOLMDS events at Atomic Speedway (Alma, Ohio) and Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana). For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

February 3, 2018 - Josh Richards Wins Again in LOLMDS Action
1Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards overcame several obstacles to win Saturday night’s RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire final at Golden Isles Speedway.

Richards had to resort to a back-up car, after issues arose with his main car during an earlier heat race. Richards then had the power steering fail on the back-up car as he tried to start the B-Main. The Best Performance Motorsports team ten fixed the issue, barely making the call to start the 60-lap main event, as Richards was the final car to enter the race track.

Richards had to take a series provisional and was scheduled to start 23rd on the grid, but due to his lateness while the crew worked on his car, he was relegated to the 26th and final starting position. Richards charged through the field and despite a lap 46 pass from Tyler Erb, went on to record his second win in-a-row to start the 2018 LOLMDS season. >>READ MORE


February 2, 2018 - Josh Richards Wins Exciting Season Opener
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The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season kicked off in grand fashion on Friday night of the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire. Defending series champion Josh Richards earned a hard-fought victory over 2017 Rookie-of-the Year, Hudson O’Neal.

Richards took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap five and then held off a furious late-race charge from the 15th-place starting O’Neal. O’Neal made what appeared to be a winning pass on Richards in turns three and four on the final lap, but Scott Bloomquist was sitting in the middle of turn four and brought out a caution, negating O’Neal’s pass for the lead.

In the end, Richards was able to hold off O’Neal to score his twenty-third career LOLMDS victory. The driver of the Best Performance Motorsports car took the first event of the season over O’Neal, Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Brandon Sheppard. >>READ MORE